Rice straw from the spring was tested and found to have as high as 350,000 bq/kg, much of what was tested was over 100,000 bq/kg. All was found in Tochigi prefecture. This extremely high finding shows how the cesium beef outbreak of the summer happened. It shows how one seemingly minor mistake can have incredible consequences for the food supply and for farmers. There is still no plan for disposing of all of this rice straw.
(h/t to Fukushima-Diary who originally broke the story)
Rice in Date City was found to be contaminated with cesium, some as high as 550 bq/kg. The rice has not been sold and is awaiting a disposal plan.
UPDATE: Just saw this over at Fukushima-Diary.com, Tokyo University did a test to see how much radiation was in an average person’s food on a daily basis. They took random meals like one would consume daily and ran them through a germanium detector. Based on these foods tests someone would be taking in 220 bq of cesium every day. Yikes.
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